Job Hunting! What not to do? - Bridgegap Careers

Job Hunting! What not to do?


At some point, we all asked ourselves “Why are we not being contacted or shortlisted for that role, in a perfect fit” there’s a possibility you are selling yourself short. If you want to be noticed for all the right reasons. There are certain job hunting traits that one should avoid:

1. Bulk CV Sending: Sending your CV to 8, 9, or even 10 recipients in one email doesn’t really convey a high level of professionalism. You lose your exclusivity as a valuable candidate. No consultancy, recruiter, or hiring manager wants to feel 2nd, 3rd, 4th or even 5th best. – Send them individual messages

2. Applying for the same position several times: This gets you noticed all for the wrong reasons. Making multiple applications doesn’t make your CV look any different from the first time you applied. What you should be focusing on is ensuring that your capabilities, competencies and transferable skills are well conveyed in your CV so that you will be noticed for all the RIGHT reasons (even when you apply once).

3. Applying for jobs that do not fit your Skill Set: Don’t just send your CV to any role advertised to get noticed, unless the organization has a talent pool in place (a place where they keep talented professionals for possible upcoming vacancies) it will actually go unnoticed because you do not fit the bill for what they are currently looking for.

4. Salutations: In our much diversified corporate world, you need to be careful about how you address people, especially when writing a cover letter or introductory email. Not every hiring manager is a man “Dear Sir,” not everyone is married “Dear Mrs.” and not everyone likes to be addressed as “Ma” or “Ma’am” This is the first line (the attention grabber of every correspondence) so how you start means a lot.

Open your letter/message with Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening (name) or to whom this may concern or to the Hiring Manager or HR Department. This is a more universal approach because you are not discriminating against any gender and you’re not assuming anybody’s marital status

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